Governance and Management of Small Scale Rural water Supplies - A Comparative Study

Sarah Hendry, Ioanna Akoumianaki

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This research clearly demonstrated that there are similar problems with small supplies all over the world; and that governance frameworks are relevant regardless of the form of ownership or type of management. It also showed that there are still many issues around definitions and terminology which can confuse the debate, as well as difficulties with consistency of data.
Risk assessment, for example through water Safety Plans, is a focus for service delivery at every scale, but for small and very small supplies, it is especially important to provide clear, user-friendly information and support, which is easily accessible to users. It is also important that obligations for suppliers and users, who may be the same people, are clear and understandable. ‘Education for empowerment’ was a key theme.
The report concluded with a series of governance and regulatory policy recommendations
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) Facilitation Team, James Hutton Institute
Number of pages75
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2016


  • water supply; water services; rural supply; small scale


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